Tag Archives: Syracuse

Housing Authority Shares Plans for I-81 Demo

Bill Simmons, executive director of Syracuse Housing Authority, served as the special guest during a joint meeting of the Syracuse United Neighbors Southside Coalition and Southwest Action Council on Tuesday, May 9. He spoke about SHA’s own comprehensive plan in preparation for future work on the elevated portion of I-81. While the New York State Department of Transportation works to ... Read More »

Efforts Uniting the Community to Spark Change

A number of events have been held this spring to unite and develop action plans for citywide improvement. Upstate Medical University held its Presidential Symposium at the end of March to examine key issues, including the local heroin/opioid epidemic, community violence and refugee health. The session on violence featured a panel of medical professionals, along with Larry Williams, who runs ... Read More »

Long-Awaited Grocery Store Opens

The new Price Rite held its grand opening Sunday, April 2, in Syracuse’s Southwest Side. Shoppers poured in throughout the day starting at 8 a.m., when the store officially opened.  At 2 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony with Price Rite executives, including President Neil Duffy and Executive Vice President Jim Dorey, along with leaders from the local community including city, ... Read More »

By HIS Spirit

Ministry will transform vacant homes into youth safe houses Read More »

Earth Day Events

Several volunteer efforts have been planned throughout the South Side in honor of Earth Day.  Scheduled cleanups for Saturday, April 22 include: WOSA Clean Up Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Meet at Onondaga Commons, 484 W. Onondaga St. Details: The West Onondaga Street Alliance will host. Participants will be divided into two groups. One will clean up West ... Read More »

Current Issue

In our April print issue, meet Lanessa Owens, a lawyer overseeing the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s New Start Program that focuses on reentry assistance. Next learn about two unique things happening with Land Bank homes — first the Greater Syracuse Land Bank is partnering with art teachers in city schools to paint murals on plywood to be used on vacant housing ... Read More »

New Beginnings

Lawyer helps those who have criminal records conquer barriers to jobs Read More »

Stitching Meaning

Artist displays her culturally distinctive pieces To help her tell a story, Vanessa Johnson holds up a hand-stitched quilt, showing it off before her audience of young children and their parents gathered in Beauchamp Branch Library one afternoon last month. Through its different colors and fabrics, she said, the quilt would help her with the story of the “South Side ... Read More »

Uniting Around Jazz

Local trombonist creates Unity Street Band If you close your eyes on any lazy Sunday afternoon while taking in the live performances of local and guest jazz musicians at Funk ‘N Waffles downtown, it’s not difficult to imagine yourself in New Orleans — even if only until a door opens and the bitter cold wind whips through your daydream of ... Read More »